It seemed too simple and, in fact, it was!
When the parts manager at a local Dodge dealership suggested we update the look of Project D150 with the '91-'93 Ram grille, we really like the idea. That was, until we realized that the conversion would require an entire radiator core support due to the outward positioning of the headlamps and their higher orientation in the '91-'93 grille. Since we jumped to conclusions and assumed all was the same for the D150s, we had already acquired the aesthetic parts from Sherman & Associates. That predicament forced us to call Terry Thompson of Thompson Auto Body to evaluate our radiator core-support dilemma. The question for Terry was, "Would it be less-involved and cheaper to fabricate modifications to the existing core support or should we go out and locate a salvage-yard '91-'93 core support?"
Thankfully, Terry reported back to us that the unseen part would continue to be unnoticed with some creative work with a pair of welders--a fire axe to cut it apart and a MIG to piece it all back together. Despite the struggle with the grille, the installation of AAR Fiberglass Reproductions Dodge R/T hood was straightforward and simple. Jeff Thompson (no relation to Terry) accommodated us by applying the Viper Blue topcoat to match the D150 and handled the installation of the hood.
As it turned out, the phone call ended up being the simplest thing about installing a '93 grill on an '87 truck. Little did we know how much was involved. It bolted on without any problem, but the headlights didn't line up. If we wanted this to work we had two choices--install a new '93 radiator core support or cut and weld. The core support was over $700 from the Dodge dealer, and we couldn't find a good used one, so Terry Thompson convinced us to modify the existing core support. Follow along and see how we made out.
Hood InstallationAnother step in refurbishing the front end is the hood. AAR Fiberglass supplied us with the Dodge R/T fiberglass hood that has a sportier look and is lightweight. Jeff Thompson of Rods & Restos in Wauchula, Florida, matched the D150 paint job, which he had applied approximately three months prior, and installed the Raisin Bran hood, which fit perfectly.